Sikkim, India Creates Critical Food Grain Stock to Weather the Pandemic

ON 04/23/2020 AT 18:12 PM

The government of Sikkim high-level team conducted various inspections for storing a buffer stock of food grains during the pandemic lockdown.

Amid a global and national crisis, the Sikkim state government is working actively to introduce all protective measures to save the state from COVID-19.

A high-level team of state government cabinet ministers executed field inspections at Rangpo and its nearby regions to locate a warehouse for storing vital commodities to be brought from outside state.

The high-level team involved Minister for Tourism and Civil Aviation Shri B.S. Panth, Minister for Food & Civil Supplies & Urban Development Shri Arun Upreti, Minister for Agriculture, Horticulture and Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services Shri Lok Nath Sharma, Minister for Energy and Power Shri MN Sherpa, and Minister Building & Housing and Transport Shri Sanjit Kharel.

At the joint inspection they were accompanied by Additional Police Director General (Law & Order), Shri Akshay Sachdeva, District Collector South Shri Ragul K., Managing Director SIMFED Shri Pawan Awasthi, SP South and concerned officials.

The inspection team visited Thalthaley, South Sikkim at first to take stock of the possible warehouse and its logistics and feasibility.

A brief meeting was then held at the Tourism Center in Rangpo to determine a suitable location for storing the buffer stock of vital commodities.

The team then visited the ITI complex at Mining and inspected the planned vacant space for storage and quarantine facilities.

After that, the inspection team visited Cold Storage of Sikkim State Cooperative Supply and Marketing Federation Ltd. (SIMFED) at Majhitar/ Rangpo.

MD SIMFED Shri Pawan Awasthi said the Cold Storage Center can store 1500-2000 tons of commodities.

Minister IPR Shri Lok Nath Sharma has told the media that the visiting team will send a report to the chief minister.

Lastly, the State Government shall decide, as soon as possible, to establish the appropriate warehouse for the storage of essential commodities.